Thursday, August 30, 2007
The state continues to try to be a model for responsible energy use and a bill we approved this year backs up our commitment. The bill, Senate Bill 668, requires existing state buildings to reduce energy consumption 20 percent by 2010 and 30 percent by 2015, based on 2003-04 levels. New buildings are designed and constructed to use 30 percent less energy. It also requires state agencies and institutions to file annual energy management plans, strategies, and reports on consumption. I sponsored the House companion, House Bill 1075, with Representatives Carney, Underhill, and Thomas.